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Jane Goodall's new book delayed amid alleged plagiarism scandal

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Less than a week after The Washington Post first claimed that Jane Goodall’s latest book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder From the World of Plants, contained multiple passages that were lifted from other sources, Grand Central Publishing has postponed the book’s release.

The primatologist, who is most famous for her work with chimpanzees and the creation of the Jane Goodall Institute, wrote Seeds of Hope with freelance writer Gail Hudson. The book was originally scheduled to be released next month, before a total of 12 passages were called into question for plagiarism. Word-for-word copy appeared to be lifted from a website for Choice Organic Teas, as well as others, including several passages that appeared to be lifted from Wikipedia.

In an email to The Washington Post, Goodall issued an apology and stated that, “This was a long and well researched book, and I am distressed to discover that some of the excellent and valuable sources were not properly cited, and want to express my sincere apologies.”

We’re not so sure we would call Wikipedia an “excellent and valuable source,” but perhaps that’s one of the many things Goodall will work on now that the book’s released has been pushed back.

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'Girls' guest star Bob Balaban really has written a best-selling series of books about a bionic dog. No, really...

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One of the best jokes on last night’s Girls involved Hannah’s therapist, played by guest star Bob Balaban, mentioning he had written a bestselling series of children’s books about a bionic dog.

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Will Stephenie Meyer make 'The Host' a trilogy?

The big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host doesn’t hit theaters till March 29, yet there’s already chatter that the Twilight author might turn this sci-fi thriller into a trilogy.

“Once you’ve created characters that have life to them, unless you kill them all, you know where their stories go. You’re always aware of what happens next,” Meyer told the Associated Press earlier this week. “I’ve got outlines for the next books. I would hope that this would be a three-book arc, but we’ll see.”

Not so fast, cautions a source close to Meyer, who tells EW that there’s been no new news to report on the sequel/trilogy front. Besides, Meyer’s plate is pretty full at the moment — in addition to promoting The Host she’s a producer on the newly Sundance-acquired Austenlandstarring Keri Russell.
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Bill O'Reilly to write 'Killing Jesus: A History': See the cover here

Stephen Rubin, president and publisher of Henry Holt and Company, announced that Bill O’Reilly, best known for anchoring the Fox News program The O’Reilly Factor, will follow-up his best-selling books, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot and Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever, with another chronicle of events. O’Reilly’s newest venture is of a more biblical fashion. Along with Martin Dugard, O’Reilly will write Killing Jesus: A History.

According to a press release, “Killing Jesus will tell the story of Jesus of Nazareth as a beloved and controversial young revolutionary brutally killed by Roman soldiers. O’Reilly will recount the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable.”

“Jesus Christ has not walked among us physically for more than 2,000 years, yet his presence today is felt the world over and his spirit is worshipped by more than 2.2 billion people. His teachings, his legacy, his life as a flesh-and-blood man, and his death created the world in which we live,” O’Reilly said in a press release.

The book will be published on Sept. 24. Check out the cover below: READ FULL STORY

Legendary music biz executive Clive Davis opens up about Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, and his own bisexuality in new memoir

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It is almost easier to list the artists legendary music business executive Clive Davis hasn’t worked with than the ones he has during his half century-long career. Suffice it to say that the founder of Arista and J Records and the current chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment has overseen releases by everyone from voice-of-his-generation Bob Dylan to Milli Vanilli who, as it turned out, weren’t even the voices of themselves.

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Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook's CEO, signs a two-book deal

The Associated Press reports that HarperCollins has announced a two-book deal with Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Randi is planning to write a memoir titled Dot Complicated, as well as a children’s book. The memoir, which is scheduled for a Nov. 5 release, will provide insight into the digital world. From her time as Facebook’s marketing director to her time as a mother and founder of the Zuckerberg Media Company, Randi will share her experiences with life in the digital age.

“I am thrilled to be working with HarperCollins to share some of my own crazy experiences on the front lines of social media and to inspire people of all ages to embrace technology, as well as the new set of social norms that come along with it,” she said.

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'The World According to Wonder' photo book: A preview of 10 fascinating Hollywood portraits

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Hollywood’s untold stories are what we pop culture-obsessed live for, and how about when those juicy tales are paired with beautiful photography? Well, it’s pure heaven.

And that’s exactly the combination percolating in a new over-sized photo book, The World According to Wonder, which was published and made available on Amazon.com a week ago today. The huge book — which clocks in with almost 400 pages — chronicles one of Tinseltown’s most interesting and risqué production companies, World of Wonder, which was founded 21 years ago by producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Via the company, the pair are responsible for entertainment you undoubtedly love, everything from TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing to movies like Party Monster and The Eyes of Tammy Faye. (And truly, much, much more.)

More than 300 never-before-seen portraits — mostly shot by photographers Idris Rheubottom and Tony Craig — fill the pages, spotlighting personalities as varied as Pamela Anderson, Perez Hilton, La Toya Jackson, Kato Kaelin, Marily Manson, Carnie Wilson, Linda Evangelista and Joey Ramone. Stories paired with the photos chronicle how the highlighted folks are a part of the World of Wonder world and helped build it into the Hollywood player that it is today.

As a taste of what’s inside, EW has a peek at 10 of the tome’s most interesting — and EW-ish — portraits, as well as the captions penned by Bailey and Barbato themselves. Click through for a look at everyone from Tori Spelling and RuPaul to the Beekman Boys and John Waters.

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Anne of Green Gables gets a makeover on the cover of new three-piece set

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Growing up is one thing, but undergoing a complete makeover is something else.

At least that’s what fans of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables are saying about the newest cover of the three-piece set published in November. In the books — which are in the public domain and therefore susceptible to any cover — the character is a pre-teen described as having red hair and freckles, and yet the newest cover reveals a very mature blond-haired, blue-eyed young lady running her fingers through her hair. Is this how you pictured Anne?

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Doubleday to publish Judy Greer's essay collection: 'I Don't Know What You Know Me From'

You might know her from FX’s animated show Archer as the voice of Cheryl, or if you’re an Arrested Development fan, she’ll always be Kitty Sanchez, but with the upcoming publication of her first book, Judy Greer is proving that in addition to being a comedic actress, she is also a comedic author. Doubleday has recently acquired the rights to Greer’s humorous essay collection, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star.

Greer’s essays cover a variety of topics, from growing up in the Midwest to her career in film and television (often playing a “best friend”) as well as other predicaments, such as a solo trip she once took to Spain. READ FULL STORY

A revealing new book collects 'Comics About Cartoonists': Dark, happy, surreal, suicidal

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Sean Howe’s recent history of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story was only the latest chronicle of one theme that runs through every honest assessment of the lives of comic book artists: That they have been since the dawn of the industry underpaid, overworked, and exploited. Add to this the art-world prejudice that these men (and they were mostly men, at least in the 1950s/60s world of superhero, horror, and romance comics) are lesser talents than fine artists, and you can see why the gorgeous, poignant new book Comics About Cartoonists: Stories About the World’s Oddest Profession, edited and designed by Craig Yoe (IDW/Yoe Books) exerts a potent fascination. READ FULL STORY

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